The Role of the Governor

Within England, there are over 300,000 school/academy governors, who form the largest volunteer force in the country.

The roles of individual governors, and, subsequently, members of a governing body, work collectively to perform a strategic role and carry out key functions such as:

  • Discuss and set the aims and objectives for the academy.
  • Set the required policies for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Set the required targets for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress that the academy is making towards its set aims and objectives.

Finally the role of the academy governor is to be a source of challenge and support to the Principal, i.e. a ‘critical friend.’

Bower Park Academy Governing Body

 First AppointedTerm StartTerm End
Appointed governors   
Glen Adams24 Sep 201824 Sep 201823 Sep 2022
Gary Barber24 Sep 201824 Sep 201823 Sep 2022
Neil Consterdine24 Sep 201824 Sep 201823 Sep 2022
Andrew Mann24 Sep 201824 Sep 201823 Sep 2022
Kevin McNamara27 Apr 202027 Apr 202026 Apr 2024
Joanna Savidge22 May 201922 May 201921 May 2023
Matthijs Van Vulpen24 Sep 201824 Sep 201823 Sep 2022
Parent governors   
Amanda Ryott24 Sep 201824 Sep 201823 Sep 2022
Staff governors   
Nicola Savage24 Sep 201824 Sep 201823 Sep 2022

Andrew Mann – Andy has been a governor at Bower Park since 2002, and has served on various committees. He first joined the school whilst he was a Havering councillor for the Collier Row ward, which he served between 2002 and 2010. During that time Andy was also a governor at Clockhouse and Pinewood primary schools. He works full-time as a local government officer in an inner London borough. Andy has been involved with the community for many years and is currently the District Commissioner for Scouting in Romford, with responsibility for over 1,000 children and 400 adult leaders and supporters.

Nicola Savage – After graduating from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2012, Nicola decided to train as a history teacher and complete her PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church University. Once qualified, Nicola returned to Havering and began teaching at Bower Park Academy in 2013. In addition to teaching history, she also delivers the Sound Training intervention programme to help increase the reading ages of students and make a difference to their motivation, confidence and ability across the curriculum.

Glen Adams – Glen is a chartered accountant and has experience in a variety of industries and service sectors, and working in and for charities. A former governor and chair of the finance and audit committee of Hall Mead Academy, Glen joined Bower Park as a governor in 2018.

Neil Consterdine – Neil was educated in Havering (Parklands and St Edward’s), before gaining his masters in Physics from Imperial College London. After graduating, Neil became a radar systems engineer, working and living in Stevenage. He moved back to Havering and became a Governor at Bower Park after the school was placed in Special Measures in 2017. The opportunity to be involved with a  community of pupils, teachers, parents and governors so passionate about improvement was what made Neil join Bower Park and then to take the role of Chair in 2018. Neil now lives with his partner in Brentwood, and enjoys playing in goal for his work hockey team in his spare time.

Gary Barber – Gary moved into Collier Row in 2004, is married to Joanne, and together they have a son who attends Bower Park Academy. Gary has been a governor at the school since June 2017.  In August 2019, Gary and his family moved to Brentwood, but are still extremely committed to Bower Park,  with their son commuting back to Collier Row for school each day.  He has spent over 33 years in the insurance, IT software and business solution industries, during which time he has held functional and senior managerial roles, and is now a director of his own business solutions company, as well as working for a well-established software solutions company in the city.